Natural & Environmental Sciences Department

Department Head: Kevin Alexander
Administrator: Lori Clement

Department Mailing Address:

Western State Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

Department Phone Numbers:

Phone: 970.943.2015


Kevin Alexander headshot
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Phone: (970) 943-3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Robin A. Bingham headshot
Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-3355
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Holly  Brunkal headshot
Lecturer in Geology
B.A., University of California Santa Cruz, M.S., California State University, Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines
Phone: (970) 943-2180
Office Location: Hurst Hall 018
Brad Burton headshot
Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology
B.S., Montana State University, M.S., Idaho State University, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Phone: 970.943.2252
Office Location: Hurst 16A
James Coogan headshot
Adjunct Professor of Geology
B.S., College of William and Mary, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Phone: 970.943.3425
Office Location:
Jonathan Coop headshot
Assistant Professor
B.A., Biology, University of California–Santa Cruz, 1995, Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2005
Phone: (970) 943-2565
Office Location: Kelly Hall 105
Brian Dalton headshot
Lecturer in Biology
B.A., Occidental College, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Phone: (970) 943-2287
Office Location: Hurst Hall 132
Amy Ellwein headshot
Adjunct Professor in Geology
B.S., University of Minnesota; M.S., Ph.D.,University of New Mexico.
Office Location:
Robert Fillmore headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., Western State Colorado Universtiy; M.S. University of Northern Arizona; Ph.D., University of Kansas.
Phone: (970) 943-2650
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Peter H. Gauss headshot
Professor of Biology
B.S., St. Joseph’s University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
Phone: (970) 943-2094
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238B
Steve Griggs headshot
Lecturer in Physics
B.A., Western State Colorado University; B.S., Fort Hays State University. M.S., Western Governor's University.
Office Location: Hurst Hall 202
Dr. Shan Hays headshot
Associate Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Colorado; B.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Phone: (970) 943-2552
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Amy Honan headshot
Biology Laboratory Coordinator
B.A., Western State Colorado University, M.S., San Francisco State University, Ph.D. candidate - University of Washington, Seattle. Current
Phone: (970) 943-2437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 128A
Dr. Derek  D. Houston headshot
Thornton Chair in Biology, Lecturer in Biology
B.S. and M.S., Brigham Young University, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Phone: (970) 943-2269
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143B
David M. Hyde headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Chris Lee headshot
Assistant Professor in Biochemistry
B.A. in Biology, Western State College - Colorado, Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia
Phone: 970-943-2256
Office Location: Hurst Hall 218
Patrick Magee headshot
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S, Colorado State University. M.S., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Phone: (970) 943-7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
David W. Marchetti headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., State University of New York, College at Geneseo; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah.
Phone: (970) 943-2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
John D. Mason headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
B.A., Colby College; M.S., Ph.D., University of California - Santa Cruz.
Phone: (970) 943-2142
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Dr. Emily McMahill headshot
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
B.A., Western State College, PharmD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Phone: (970) 943-2311
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
Jason E. Mullins headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Clemson University; Ph.D., University of Montana.
Phone: (970) 943-3152
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Dale L Orth headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B. A., Colorado College; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: (970) 943-3437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 206
Cassandra L. Osborne headshot
Professor of Biology
B.S., Allegheny College; Ph.D., Dartmouth College.
Phone: (970) 943-3181
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238A
Elizabeth Petrie, PhD headshot
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
BS, University of New Mexico, MS & PhD, Utah State University
Phone: 970.943.2117
Office Location: Hurst 16D
Anne W. Ryter, PhD headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Beloit College; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-7098
Office Location: Hurst Hall 208
Jarral W. Ryter headshot
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
B. S., Fort Lewis College, M. S. University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2875
Office Location: Hurst Hall 217A
Lynn L. Sikkink headshot
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
John Sowell headshot
Emeritus Professor of Biology
B.S., University of California-Davis; Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Phone: 970.943.2063
Office Location:
Mark Stiger headshot
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B
Allen Stork headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., Pomona College; Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz.
Phone: (970) 943-3044
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16C
M. Suzanne Taylor headshot
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.S., Linfield College; M.S., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2155
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118